Invisible Fencing

“Oh give us a home where the dog can roam”. Now that you are moved in and thinking about getting a pet, you need to ask yourself a few questions: invisible fence, visible fence or dog run?

Invisible fences are the new rage or fab, if you will. For good reason these fences have taken off as the most popular and useful pet containment.

Costs vary and are dependent upon your yard size or area to be fenced. Will you be hiring professionals to install an underground fence or are you planning on an in house unit that can be set to the yard radius of your choice. Invisible fences are usually used outdoors out but, if your pet does not mind their manners and they head for the kitchen table or counter top, this is the answer to your problems.

A wooden or metal fence is just as useful for pet containment but sometimes twice if not three times the cost dependent on material, height, placement and of course a gate or two for easy access.

The hardware store bought dog run may be a quick fix for those of you looking for instant use. Dog runs have come a long way in the past years and quite easy to find online or locally.

In the end, your decision must be one that suits you, your dog and your location.

How To Spruce Up Your Home

Do the rooms in your home make you feel depressed? Do you feel they need to be completely refurbished? Every home can be transformed with  little touches, making it an abode that you always desire to be in. Here are some tips on how to spruce up your home.

 

  • Maintain Simplicity: Some people have the habit of leaving furniture and items they have not used in ages in the home. This clogs the home, making it less desirable. Look around, can you find anything that you have not used in a while? If you have no use for one of your belongings, dispose of it, sell it, or simply give it away.  Simplicity is fundamental to sprucing up your home.
  • Painting: This is the first idea that comes to mind as it is the one improvement that if done right, would transform the look of your home completely. All you need to do is get the right colors. Light blue, cream and peach are great colors that inspire. A little touch here and there would transform the entire home.
  • Replace The Furniture: The home can be given a complete face lift by the total replacement of the upholstery or furniture. Be careful when selecting new furniture or fabric as the colors need to match or blend with the walls and window blinds. If this is done correctly, the room will get a perfectly new and rich look.
  • Flowers: Adding a few plants at strategic locations lights up the home in a manner that can seldom be explained. They add visual appeal, style and allure to the home. Some have an aroma that makes the environment smell pleasant. You can find a great variety of house plants not far from your home. Visit your local nursery, florist, or even  the big box stores. Place the plants throughout your house, in the sitting room, veranda and even the bedrooms. Remember to water them regularly as they are most enjoyable when healthy and vibrant.
  • Wash The Drapes: Depending on the size of the drapes, this could be tedious. However, you would be amazed by how a simple washing can restore brightness to the drapes and add freshness to the room.  Whether you wash the drapes yourself or have them professionally cleaned, it will still be less expensive than purchasing new ones.

Finally, for your home to have the look you desire, you must get the arrangement right. Place furniture in a manner that inspires ones thinking. Do not just place things anywhere for the sake of placing them. There must be a function attached to the positioning of every item. Sprucing up and refreshing your home does not require a huge budget, simple changes can make your home feel more desirable at a minimal expense.

Summer Yard Care

When To Water

The long, hot days of summer take a significant toll with mid-summer droughts turning home landscapes dry, brown and brittle. Fortunately, nature is forgiving and in most cases lawns will come through a dry spell with little long-term damage.

If you wish to maintain a lush green lawn, water is critical, and timing is everything. Daybreak is the perfect time to water your lawn as evaporation is at a minimum and the morning sun will quickly dry the grass, minimizing the risk of fungus or plant disease. It takes a lot more water if you do it later in the day as evaporation robs a good portion of the water applied before it can permeate the soil and reach the thirsty roots.

Many folks make it a habit to water their lawn in the evening after the sun goes down and it is a bit cooler, and the water we apply will not be sucked away by evaporation. The big drawback of watering in the evening is that a lot of plant diseases thrive in a moist environment. The water that sits on the grass blades overnight provides a breeding ground for disease and mosquitoes.

Water when it’s raining. That may sound silly, but it is a good idea. This doesn’t mean during a cloudburst or a thunderstorm. A light summer shower is often too light to add any real benefit. By watering during a shower, your sprinkler provides enough water to get down to a depth needed to water the grass roots.

Mowing

Make sure your lawnmower is serviced with a sharp blade. If the blade is dull, it makes a ragged cut and can tear clumps of grass out by the roots.

Only mow your lawn when the grass is dry and from 3-to-4-inches tall. Not only will this save a lot of wear and tear on your lawnmower, but it will also keep grass from forming clumps on the lawn, which encourages plant disease. If you wait to cut your lawn at a longer length, it provides a longer grass blade to soak up the sunlight for photosynthesis, helping to cultivate a healthier, greener lawn.

Alternate the direction of how you cut your grass, going vertically and horizontally across the lawn, cutting no more than a third of the grass blade length or no more than one inch at cutting. If the grass is extremely high, cut it multiple times, rather than trying to cut it all down at once. Trying to cut to much grass at a time tears grass out by the roots. Don’t bag or rake up grass clippings. Allow them to decompose in place, releasing natural organic nitrogen to the lawn, locking in moisture and helping to minimize weeds. By leaving clippings in place, you fertilize your landscape every time you cut the grass.

Mow once a week in the spring when growth is vigorous, cutting back to once every other week during the heat of summer. During the summer months, cut back on watering and fertilize less.